Gut Rumbles

January 13, 2006

A damn good concert

I went to see claire lynch play tonight. I've mentioned before that randy wood, a premier luthier, has a shop in Bloomingdale, about 15 miles from my house. Randy has expanded his business to include a small concert room and that's where I listened to Claire and her band.

The show was excellent. Claire is a good singer and her band (Missy Raines on stand-up bass, Jim Hurst on guitar and banjo, and David Harvey on mandolin and fiddle) is outstanding. They play a sort of bluegrass/folk/country fusion, which is my favorite kind of music.

Randy has a great place for it, too. The room seats about 100 people and the acoustics are very good. Randy built it himself and it's obvious that he knew what he was doing. I sat in the fourth row of seats and was about ten feet from the stage. There's no such thing as a bad seat in the place.

I haven't enjoyed such good music in such an intimate atmosphere since the Night Flight Cafe closed on River Street 25 years ago. The band played two one-hour sets and they didn't have a clunker song in the bunch. In the audience, toes were tapping.

I'm going back again soon. Randy is holding three or four concerts every month now, and I DEFINITELY intend to see Mike Cross on February 11th. I once had the privilege of picking and grinning with Mike back in 1977, when he was playing at the Night Flight. He put on a hell of a show back then and I'll bet that he still does.

Hell--- I might start going to Randy's every time he holds a concert. I thoroughly enjoyed myself tonight.


nice to see you well enough to go out and enjoy yourself!

Here's to more nights like tonight!

Posted by: caltechgirl on January 14, 2006 12:20 AM

I'm so jealous that you got to see Claire Lynch! Her "Lovelight" disc is an all time classic.
But I'll see you at the Mike Cross show. Worth the trip from Northern VA.

Posted by: BlogDog on January 14, 2006 12:39 PM

Randy was on TV last week on WTOC, he was talking about building stars banjos and other strings. He told everyone about his business and also told about him living in Nashville for 14 years, right behind the old Raymon Autorium. That man has talent, Cat

Posted by: Catfish on January 14, 2006 06:31 PM
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